Powerful Pies dispatch Dusties
A grade: Poowong 49 defeated Warragul Industrials 32.
Poowong had a great start, with excellent defensive pressure. The goalers also displayed accuracy at the post despite having to work hard under Dusties’ intense pressure.
With some changes to the line-up, Dusties started the second quarter well. They capitalised on a couple of turnovers to get back in the hunt.
Slippery conditions played havoc for both teams, creating turnovers for both sides.
Karina Proctor was dynamic with some long range shots for Poowong, but the ball spent more time in the Dusties circle. The margin was back to five goals at half-time.
Poowong came out in the third with renewed determination. Dallas Loughridge and Mieke Polman-Short dominated the midcourt, creating loads of turnovers for the Magpies.
Dusties regained confidence with some effective long bombs into Ashleigh Wyatt in goals. As conditions improved, the speed and intensity of play increased, and an even period of play resulted.
Three early turnovers created by Nicole Vamplew and Katelyn Miller in Poowong’s defensive end lifted their team’s endeavour. Their goalers finished off the plays well at the other end.
When Dusties’ key player Stacey Lawry went to ground injured, unscheduled changes were made to the team and they struggled to find form in the closing stages.
Poowong took a firm hold on the game, limiting Dusties to only two goals for the quarter and running away with the win.
Best on court: Poowong goal attack Karina Proctor.
B grade: Warragul Industrials 45 defeated Poowong 44.
It took both teams most of the first quarter to settle due to nerves, coupled with unfavourable weather conditions.
After lots of turnovers from both teams, it was Dusties who capitalised better on their opportunities to be 15-8 ahead at the first break.
Poowong made some midcourt changes, giving them a lift to come within four goals. However, as the quarter went on, Dusties regained control to extend the lead back out to eight goals by the half-time break.
Both teams made changes going into the third quarter, with Poowong doing better as a result. A few poor decisions resulted in some errors in the Dusties attack. Poowong managed to reduce the margin to four goals going into the final period.
Poowong came out hungry in the last quarter, getting an early break to be down by only one goal. Dusties missed some crucial goals and the scores were levelled.
It was a final quarter full of errors, missed goals, contacts and more as both teams showed desperation to meet Buln Buln in the preliminary final. In the end, time ran out for Poowong and Dusties held on for a one-goal win.
Best on court: Dusties defender Megan Spencer.
C grade: Warragul Industrials 35 defeated Nilma Darnum 30.
Dusties began the game on fire with the first centre break.
High defensive pressure from the Dusties girls kept Nilma guessing throughout the court. This enabled them to capitalise on turnovers and, coupled with some strong offensive rebounds, Dusties took a solid 11-3 lead into the first break.
The second quarter began in much the same vein as the first. Nilma was able to break the momentum in the middle of the term, putting some much-needed goals on the board.
The running play through the middle of the court by Dusties allowed their goalers to score quickly and lead at half-time, 20-10.
Nilma came out firing in the third quarter, scoring the first three goals. They managed to hold off the pressure from Dusties to come back and trail by just five goals at the final break.
Dusties regained control in the last quarter and quickly pushed the margin back out to eight goals. Nilma fought hard to the end but Dusties held on for the win.
Best on court: Dusties centre Caroline Purcell. D grade: Poowong 36 defeated Longwarry 29. Poowong was straight out of the gates with an early six goals to one.
Longwarry started to rebuild but Poowong took a convincing seven-goal lead into the first quarter interval.
Longwarry performed better in the second quarter in what became a closely contested period. They were only able to reduce the margin by one by into half-time.
Poowong reasserted their dominance in the third quarter, stretching the lead to a comfortable 10 goals by the final break.
With the support of their supporters, Longwarry applied loads of pressure during the final quarter in an endeavour to get back into the match. Despite winning the quarter, they were unable to recover from Poowong’s stronghold on the match.
Best on court: Poowong goal attack Alex Macqueen.
E grade: Longwarry 32 defeated NeerimNeerim South 26.
Neerim began well to take an early lead, while Longwarry struggled to settle. Gradually Longwarry found its rhythm and increased the pressure over the ball. It was 11-5 in Neerim’s favour at the first break.
Carrying on from their first quarter improvement, Longwarry’s defensive pressure started to see rewards on the scoreboard. They took a two-goal lead into the half-time break.
The third quarter developed into a bit of a nail-biter with neither team able to break away on the scoreboard. As a result, Neerim was able to reduce the deficit to one goal at the final break.
Longwarry took advantage of a congested Neerim goal circle in the last quarter. They converted turnovers on the scoreboard to add another five goals to the margin.
Best on court: Longwarry centre Tiarnee Browney. F grade: Catani 20 defeated Buln Buln 12. Early defensive pressure from both sides saw countless turnovers. After several nervous attempts at goal, Buln scored the opening goal with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Catani retaliated almost immediately to break its scoring drought. Buln held a narrow singlegoal advantage at quarter time.
Both sides settled into a more free-flowing game in the second term. Despite some relentless defence from Buln, Catani managed to score seven unanswered goals for a 9-5 lead at half-time.
Catani continued to capitalise well on turnovers to extend its lead through the third quarter.
The final term was met with increased urgency from both teams. Catani settled well by midway through the period and continued for a 20-12 win.
Best on court: Catani goal keeper Maddy Dalton.
Longwarry wing defence Georgia Green gets a deflection against Ellinbank goal attack Jade Pratt during C grade on Saturday. Ellinbank won 44-38 to keep hopes of its fourth consecutive premiership alive.
Buln Buln’s Tenielle Bridger drives for the ball ahead of Ellinbank’s Mia McGarrity in the B grade final on Saturday.
Buln Buln goal shooter Louise Metcalf takes the ball despite the defence of Ellinbank’s Abbey Bowman in the B grade semi-final on Saturday.
Longwarry goal defence Rebecca Gay takes the ball in the midcourt in the C grade final against Ellinbank.
Longwarry goal shooter Jennifer Law collects the ball in the goal circle during C grade.